Born in Illinois, raised in California. I started cooking at the ripe old age of 12. Took boys cooking in school. Worked at an upperclass seafood restaurant at 13 <~lied about my age. When the cook walked out one nite, I had been watching him for weeks..so I took over. I owned a steak house in Buffalo Gap Texas, met my wife there...something like 27 years ago
My favorite things to cook
QUALITY meat, usually prime beef or lamb, and love maple leaf duck. I constantly am online buying quirky spices and exotic oils and wines. I haven't met a piece of meat I couldn't wrangle into a meal
My favorite family cooking traditions
Mom, Grandma, Great Granny, all made Perogies from scratch, and also made REAL Kolaches from scratch
My cooking triumphs
Staying at a resort in Mexico, they allowed me in the kitchen to show them how NOT to prepare and serve dried meat dishes. Cooked for over 200 people at a rockstar venue. Cooked many times at Jimmy Buffet concert and gave away bbq ribs, chicken, and an occasional brisket or two.
My cooking tragedies
Dinner party for 20 doctors, I overcooked my prime rib, by at least 2 hours.... Thank god I didn't have to see one of those doctors for a colonoscopy.